The Numbers Are In

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 302015

At the end of December every year WordPress sends out an annual report to bloggers, telling them how much traffic their blog received in the past 12 months, where those visitors came from, which blog posts received the most attention, and a lot of other interesting data.

My report came in yesterday, and looking it over it’s interesting to see that, just as in 2014, the blog had approximately 770,000 views this year. So while traffic numbers may not have increased, they have stayed stable, and I’m quite happy with how high they are. We had visitors from 163 countries around the globe. While most came from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom were not far behind.

The busiest day of the year was July 13th, with 3,977 views of the post We’re Connected!. But surprisingly, for the second year in a row, two of the posts that got the most traffic were actually from 2011. They were 15 RV Blogs You Should Be Reading and RV Fuel Mileage. The most commented blog of 2015 was I’m Back To Some Extent, with 52 comments from blog readers.

The top referring sites where our viewers came from were Facebook, Hitchitch, Travel With the Bayfield Bunch, the Gypsy Journal website, and Our Newell Adventure.

I appreciate all of you who log in every day did to read what I have to say, who click on the ads in the blog and on the sidebar, and especially those of you who make comments and leave feedback on the blog. I enjoy spending time with you every day.

We’re back in Tucson so I can take care of some more medical stuff at the VA hospital. Some of this is just routine, and some is a follow-up to the problems I had that put me in the hospital in Temecula, California last month. I had a couple of appointments yesterday, and even though the hospital was busy, we got in and out pretty quickly. I go back Thursday afternoon for an MRI, but with that being New Year’s Eve I don’t expect to get any results until sometime next week. Hopefully I’ll get a good report and we can get on with life. Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

There have been some changes here at the Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park since we were here back in March for the Escapees RV Club’s Escapade rally. The rates have increased to $23 a day or $115 a week. That’s still a pretty good bargain for a full hookup RV site if you ask me. They have also added a lot of water and electric RV sites in one section, and when we arrived on Monday they were pulling wire for more 50 amp full hookup sites on the north side of the fairgrounds.

We weren’t able to get a 50 amp full hookup site, so we went with a 30 amp full hookup. Then, yesterday afternoon, the camp host called to tell me that a 50 amp full hookup site had become available if we wanted it. But it’s kind of squeezed in between two other rigs, and since our 30 amp site is working out just fine and we have plenty of room around us, I thanked them and said we would just stay put.

By switching our water heater to propane when we take our showers at night, and using the furnace instead of the heat pumps to take the worst of the chill off, we’re getting by just fine. And it’s definitely been chilly! Yesterday morning our water hose was frozen when we woke up at 7:30, but had thawed out by the time we left for the VA hospital at 9.

After we were done with the VA hospital yesterday, we went to the post office and had the usual frustrating time trying to get enough of the right combination of stamps to mail out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. I swear no one there can add and subtract. It seems like at almost every post office where we have purchased stamps across the country, Miss Terry has had to work out the correct combination for them, and then count them out because they usually give us either too many or not enough stamps. We are so glad this is the last issue we will be mailing out!

Thought For The Day – I wish I was as fat as I was the first time I thought I was fat.

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  11 Responses to “The Numbers Are In”

  1. Nick,

    I appreciate the time and effort it takes to write a daily blog, specially one so interesting! Thank you!

    As testament to your influence, one mention from you about the workamping opportunity at Desert Haven Animal Refuge in New Mexico resulted in two Workampers accepting positions there!

    Wishing you all the best possible outcomes for your doctor appts. Hurry to FL but please don’t bring that cold weather with you! 🙂

    Happy New Year!


  2. Nick, thank you for your daily blog. I look forward to it each day, kind of keeping up with my “camping family” although I no longer camp because of the deaths of my two camping husbands. I feel like I go right along with you on your excursions and travels. Keep up the interesting blogs, and certainly good wishes and hopes for successful tests at the VA so you can get on with your travels. I’ll be going right along with you!

  3. Crossroads of the West is having a show there this weekend you might be interested in attending.

  4. Glad you are getting good care at VA Tucson, we will keepyou in our thoughts and prayers. Glad your blog numbers are good. I don’t often comment but alwas read your Blog. Love your style and you make good sense. Keep up the great wrighting.(Blog and books) Have a great day Nick and Terry

  5. Fingers crossed! Happy New Year.

  6. Wishing you the best results on your medical tests.

  7. Reminds me of when we were are your Yuma Rally a few years back. We expected 30 amp. But there on a nearby pole was a 50 amp. Sometimes one just gets lucky I suppose.

    Have a great new year.

  8. That’s a lot of page views. I can claim 365 of them!

  9. Happy New Year to you and Terry. thank you both for the wonderful blog and pictures that you bring to us every day. God Bless, Jerry and Sylvia, Menifee CA

  10. Hi Nick I have a question. When we read the blog from the email that you send daily does that add to your count or does one have to log onto your website? We have followed you for years and appreciate all you do. Best wishes for 2016.

  11. I don’t know, Patty. I’ll have to check that out.

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